Published Wednesday, 21st November 2018

Councillors will receive an update on the York Station front project and be asked to approve the submission of a planning application and the progression of the scheme to detailed design when they meet on Thursday 29 November.

The York Station front project aims to revitalise and reimagine the historic station to ensure it is a fitting and prestigious gateway into York. 

The project has had significant public interest, with nearly 1,500 responses during the extensive public consultation. This has lead to design changes for Executive to now consider.   Permission to enter into land acquisition negotiations with stakeholders and landowners is also requested.

The York Station front masterplan has four main aims:

  • create new public spaces and a more inclusive, pedestrian-friendly experience
  • create an improved setting for the City Walls and other heritage buildings in the area
  • make it easier to change between modes of transport
  • keep vehicles and pedestrians apart

If approved, it is proposed that the planning application based on the amended masterplan will be submitted soon after.

Executive member for transport and planning, Cllr Peter Dew, said: “Travelling to and from the station is currently far from ideal. This amended masterplan will open-up the area, make it a substantially better experience for people, whatever mode of transport they choose as well as pay homage to the heritage sites around and to the front of the station.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation.  Your contributions made a huge difference and the master plan has been revised in several key areas.”

Executive member for economic development and community engagement, Cllr Keith Aspden, said: “We’ve received nearly 1,500 responses to the consultation, including feedback from guided tours of the area, events, online surveys and social media. Following this feedback, we have taken on board the different concerns and addressed them in the updated masterplan, where possible.

“By listening to residents, businesses and community groups, we have developed a masterplan with the aim of providing a fitting and appropriate gateway into our city.  Combined with York Central, we can transform this part of the city and improve its connection to the rest of the UK.”

Changes to the masterplan following the consultation include:

  • Moving the cycleway on Queen Street to reduce conflict with on street parking spaces
  • Providing safe access for cyclists to the station from the west-bound carriageway
  • Provision for a suitable system for managing rail replacement buses
  • Incorporating appropriate counter-terrorism measures that are sympathetic to the station setting

The station masterplan is based on eight key features which work together to improve how the space is used in front of York Station. It is dependent on removing Queen Street Bridge to create extra space, which would then be used to separate vehicle and pedestrian access, create new open areas and reveal long-hidden views of the City Walls.

Executive takes place on Thursday 29 November from 5.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online from:

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